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Heater Tip: Proper Sizing Is Vital

Monday, January 9th, 2017

When you are ready to buy a new heating system, there is a lot to consider. What type of fuel is that heater going to use in order to heat your home, for instance? What type of heat delivery system are you interested in. Beyond these considerations, however, is an even more basic question. How big should your heater be?

The common belief that bigger is better when it comes to mechanical systems does not hold up in terms of heating. If your heater is too big for your home, then it will fail to function at peak performance levels. The same is true of an undersized system. That is why you really should schedule your heating installation in Farmington, CT with qualified professionals, such as those on our team.

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Some Benefits of Radiant Heating

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Radiant heating has become very popular with homeowners over the last several years. Depending on the type of radiant heating you use, the system can be part of a boiler heating system or a stand-alone electrical system. There are benefits to be gained from both types of radiant heating, as we’ll outline below, but to truly enjoy the benefits of any radiant system, it’s important to hire professionals to perform the installation. Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning has been performing radiant heating installation in Southington, CT since 2005. We have the certified and trained technicians who can help you with your heating installation so call us today.

Types of Radiant Heating

As we mentioned above, there are two ways radiant heating can heat your home: via hot water or steam from a boiler, or via electrical cables. But there are some choices when it comes to installation:

  • Electrical radiant floor heating – there are two ways in which the electrical cables can be used for radiant floor heating: a “wet” installation, in which the electric cables are laid on the top of wet cement creating a radiant slab when it dries, or an electrically-conductive plastic mat that is installed directly under your flooring.
  • Hydronic radiant floor heating – hydronic floor heating uses hot water to heat. The hot water flows through durable, flexible plastic tubing that is installed beneath your flooring.
  • Radiant panels – radiant panels are installed in walls and/or ceilings. They can be either electric or hydronic, but electric is usually preferred. Radiant panels are typically made of aluminum; this type of radiant heating has the quickest response time but also the lowest capacity for heating.

Benefits of Radiant Heating

  • Very quiet system – the only sound you may hear from a radiant system is the boiler as it fires; otherwise, the distribution of the heat is silent.
  • No lost heating from ductwork – heating loss with ductwork can be significant – up to 30% of your home’s total air loss. With a radiant system, the possibility of this kind of heat loss is eliminated.
  • Easily zoned – with either electric or hot water, it is easy to zone a radiant heating system as compared to a system with ductwork.

To find out if a radiant heating installation in Southington, CT is a good fit for your home, call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.

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Consider Geothermal for Your New Heating Installation

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

If you are in need of a new heating system, this time of year offers you the perfect window for a new heating installation in Hartford, CT. There are a lot of choices available to homeowners, and one system you may want to consider is a geothermal system. Geothermal systems offer some benefits other systems cannot, including the ability to both heat and cool your home. The installation of a geothermal system has to be handled with a specific level of knowledge and expertise, so it’s important to hire trained professionals, like the ones at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning.

How Does a Geothermal System Work?

A geothermal system harnesses the natural thermal temperature of the Earth below the frost line to both heat and cool your home. Many people don’t know this, but below the frost line, the ground stays a steady temperature year-round, no matter the location; this temperature is between 55-61 degrees. During the winter, the liquid in the ground loop absorbs the heat of the ground and transfers it to the heat exchanger in the indoor heat pump, where heat is then transferred into your home. During the summer, heat is removed from your home and “sunk” back into the ground surrounding the ground loop. The reversing valve on the heat pump allows the system to both heat and cool.

What Are the Components of a Geothermal System?

There are three main components to a geothermal system: the ground loop, the heat pump (usually indoors) and the air delivery system (either ductwork or indoor blowers).

What Are the Benefits of a Geothermal System?

There are several great benefits of a geothermal system worth considering:

  • Extremely energy efficient – geothermal systems are very energy efficient. According to Energy.gov, a geothermal system reaches efficiency levels of 300-400% on the coldest winter nights.
  • Very green – geothermal systems do not use any fossil fuels at all, and the heat pump uses a fraction of the electricity of a traditional HVAC system.
  • Very even heating and cooling – geothermal systems provide a continuous, low energy supply of air, which helps keep the heating or cooling distribution in your home even.
  • Good humidity control – as with above, the lower cycling of a geothermal system keeps humidity levels in your home well-balanced.
  • Long lifespan – the average lifespan of a geothermal ground loop is 25-50 years, and the lifespan of the heat pump is 20-25 years.

A geothermal system can provide incredible energy efficiency, heat and cooling, and comfort for your home for years to come. If you are considering a geothermal system for your new heating installation in Hartford, CT call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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Is It the Right Time to Schedule Heating Installation?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

We’re still enjoying warm summer temperatures here in Connecticut, and so it’s difficult to think about the temperature dropping down to the point where we will need to turn on our home heating systems. But that time is coming up fast and will arrive sooner than we think (those “Back to School” sales are already popping up everywhere). If you need to have a new heater installed for whole-house comfort, you should definitely start thinking about it now. There are some important decisions to make regarding a new heating system for your home, and if you want a head start, call up professional installers and get the process going while it’s still warm outside.

For the right assistance for heating installation in Farmington, CT, contact Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning. Our skilled technicians will help guide you through every step of installation, starting with picking and sizing the heater that will do the best job for you without wasting energy.

Early Stages of Heating Installation

The reason that it’s a wise idea to start heating installation during the late summer/early fall is that you can take the time to make the best choices possible with the help of professionals.

  • What type of heater should you install? There is a larger variety of heating systems than air conditioning systems, and they can different fuel sources. If you are replacing a system, you will probably first consider going with a similar type, although perhaps one with more features. However, you may wish to switch to a different type of heater. For example, if you’ve previously used an electric furnace, you might consider a heat pump (which will take care of air conditioning as well). If you have used a boiler, now might be the time to consider changing over to a comfortable and efficient radiant floor heating system.
  • How large a system should you install? “Sizing” is a key part of installing a central heater. A heating system must produce the right amount of BTUs of heat that will keep a house comfortable without causing the system to “short cycle” and shut on and off repeatedly, wasting energy and wearing down rapidly. To find out the ideal size of heating system for a home, installers must calculate the heating load necessary to provide comfort. A heat load calculation from trained experts will help them select the ideal sized heater for your needs.
  • Should you replace the thermostat(s)? If you’ve had your current heating system for more than a decade, the answer to this question is probably “yes.” You can have a new thermostat put in before you heating system’s installation, since the thermostat will control the cooling as well. This is a good early step to take care of during the summer if you are planning new heating installation for the fall.

Don’t get caught by surprise when the first chilly day of end of the year arrives and you don’t have an operational heater. Be prepared with timely heating installation in Farmington, CT from the professionals at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning. Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment with us.

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